Will not give the band more publicity by showing the abhorrent scene on the field.
How did the fans respond? Did they clap or did they treat this as unacceptable in a civilized society? That will tell how the town feels.
Gov. Phil Bryant, in a post on Twitter, said someone should be held accountable.
“This is unacceptable in a civilized society,” he said.
The Mississippi Department of Education issued a statement late Saturday, saying: “This performance was in poor taste and insensitive, and we expect better of our teachers and school leaders who are responsible for guiding students appropriately,” the Clarion Ledger of Jackson reported .
Republican state Sen. Sally Doty of Brookhaven wrote Saturday on Facebook that she will file complaints with the administration of Jackson Public Schools, Forest Hill High School and the Mississippi High School Activities Association.
(This is the problem in our schools/colleges. We must root out all of these radical Democrats who are trying to instill this mentality in our children. It all started at the head of the table of Obama dividing the country with his hate.)
Brookhaven mayor Joe Cox said he has since spoke with the Mayor of Jackson, who informed him that the Forest Hill band director has been suspended. He said the mayor also apologized to him for the halftime show.
Band halftime show depicts police at gunpoint, stirs anger.
We have to understand that bands practice their half time shows. Therefore, it is not a secret what the program will be – why didn’t anyone stand up and object – teachers or students?
Oct. 6, 2018 Updated: Oct. 6, 2018 6:49 p.m.
High school band’s halftime performance depicting police being held at gunpoint is fueling anger in a Mississippi city dealing with the recent killings of two officers.
Chelsea Smith is surrounded by family and friends as she mourns the loss of her husband, Mississippi Highway Patrol Officer Cpl. Kenneth Smith, before his service Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, afternoon in Corinth, Miss.
Rev. Dan Perry delivers his comments while Brookhaven, Miss., Police Chief Kenneth Collins, seated center, and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, right, listen during funeral services Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, for Brookhaven Police Corporal Zach Moak at Easthaven Baptist Church in Brookhaven, Miss. Moak and officer James White were killed early Saturday.
Mayor Joe Cox speaks during funeral services Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, for Brookhaven Police Corporal Zach Moak at Easthaven Baptist Church in Brookhaven, Miss. Moak and officer James White were killed early Saturday, Sept. 30, responding to a call.
BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — A high school band’s halftime performance depicting police being held at gunpoint is fueling anger in a Mississippi city where two police officers were recently slain.
Pictures of the Forest Hill High School band’s performance circulated on social media Saturday, showing students dressed as medical personnel holding SWAT team members at gunpoint as the band played. The performance took place Friday at a football game between Forest Hill and Brookhaven High School, just days after two Brookhaven officers were killed while responding to reports of shots fired at a home.
Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Errick L. Greene apologized Saturday in a statement and acknowledged the skit was “insensitive.” Greene said the performance was based loosely on the movie, “John Q,” and depicted a hostage scene that included toy guns. In the movie, a father portrayed by Denzel Washington takes hospital staff and patients hostage as he tries to force doctors to do a life-saving transplant on his son, a procedure that his insurance won’t cover.
“JPS has a great deal of respect and appreciation for our law enforcement partners,” Greene said. “The band’s performance does not depict the values and people in our community, and was incredibly insensitive to the students, families, law enforcement officials and the entire Brookhaven community. For this we sincerely apologize to all, and we pledge to do better in the future.”
Brookhaven Mayor Joe Cox said he has spoken with Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who informed him that the Forest Hill band director has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation. He added that the mayor apologized to him personally for the halftime show.
“I offer my sincerest regrets to the Brookhaven community for the insensitivity that (was) portrayed during the Friday evening halftime show. There is an active investigation into the circumstances that led to this performance,” Lumumba said in a statement Saturday. He added, “It is the responsibility of adults to offer guidance to youth. Our students should have been instructed that this was neither the time or place for that performance.”
Brookhaven is about 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) south of Jackson, the state capital.
Where is the refinement that folks from Mississippi always brag about?